President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy on Thursday half-drowned in massive water wells that formed in the country’s capital Kampala after a heavy downpour.
The presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, says Museveni was touring Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) projects.
The president performed a ground breaking for the second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP2) at Fairway hotel Round About.
The KIIDP 2 project is aimed at enhancing the infrastructure and institutional capacity of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) so as to improve urban mobility in Kampala.
On the 19th December, 2014, the Parliament of Uganda approved a loan request to borrow an equivalent of USD 175m from the International Development Agency (IDA) of the World Bank to implement the project.
The president also commissioned a KCCA Kawempe Hospital and drove through rehabilitated roads including; Bahai Road along Bukoto-Kisaasi, to Gayaza Raod and back to Lugoba Raod in Kawempe.
He later laid a foundation stone for new modern Busega Market that will accommodate 2,000 vendors.
According to the pictures we have seen, Museveni’s convoy nearly drowned in a water mass that cut off roads and left residents to wade through on foot.
FDC activist, Francis Mwijukye, wonders how Museveni can get stuck in Kampala muddy waters after 30 years in power yet he has been praising Musisi for constructing roads.
Museveni has said his government was making priority allocations to road networks, among others.
Specifically for Kampala, he said Government had embarked on a long-term plan for improving the transport network and ease traffic congestion in metropolitan Kampala.
Form 2011-2012 financial year, government has been embarking on the Programme for expansion of key highways leading to and from the city.
The government allocated a total of Shs 43 billion for the construction and maintenance of Kampala City Roads.
On several occasions, the president has hailed Musisi for restructuring KCCA and cleaning up Kampala city.
Witnesses tell us the president nearly hired an emergency boat to peddle through the water-filled roads as he drove to Kawempe in the outskirts of the city.
Any city dweller with understand when you mention temporary muddy lakes in Bwaise, another city suburb whose drainage system remains KCCA’s worst challenge.
In 2011, President Museveni’s convoy got stuck in Rugongo village in Karungu sub-county, Buhweju district after the roads became extremely muddy, slippery and impassable following a heavy downpour, forcing him to trek more than four kilometres in the mud, and his bodyguards to carry his mobile toilet.
According to The Observer, the vehicles were only able to cover one kilometre before they got completely stuck in the mud at about 12:55pm.
He alighted from his car and decided to walk the rest of the journey.
Museveni used a spear as a walking stick for support and stopped to greet people along the way, some with a handshake.